In October 2014 took place the official opening of the biodiversity Museum, Biomuseo. Magnificent building, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, is located right at the entrance of the Panama canal. 4000 square meters of exhibition space and a huge Botanical garden (2,4 ha) in the territory of the Biomuseo were to highlight the role of Panama as a geological boundary between the two largest continents, and pay particular attention to the change of biodiversity in South America and the climate problem all over the planet. Hence was born the idea of the Museum, a kind of sea lighthouse. Despite the wealth of experience Frank Gehry and his wife is originally from Panama city, the Museum of bio is the first work of the architect in Latin America. Frank Gehry: “It was a very personal project for me. I feel a close connection with the people of Panama and firmly believe that we all should try to preserve biological diversity around the world.”
Despite the fact that the Museum in Panama city is reminiscent of early work of the architect, such as a Concert hall Walt Disney in Los Angeles or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Spain), the new project emit bold colours and even more futuristic forms. The architect designed ground floor public outdoor atrium, which is the Central part of the design. The atrium is covered with a series of angular metal canopies, different in shape and color.